UPDATED: Man arrested at Chichester Marina over Spanish murder is remanded in custody

A British man wanted on suspicion of murder has been remanded in custody after he was arrested along with 17 suspected Albanian migrants at a south coast marina.

Wednesday, 25th May 2016, 10:18 am
Updated Wednesday, 25th May 2016, 10:48 pm

Stephen Andrew Jackson, 50, who was being sought over a killing in Spain, was held after police were alerted to a catamaran arriving at Chichester Marina.

Spanish authorities had issued a European Arrest Warrant for the Briton, which will be dealt with following legal proceedings in the UK.

Jackson appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday charged with facilitating illegal entry into the UK but did not enter a plea.

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Nine of the Albanian men pleaded guilty to attempting to enter the UK illegally.

Eight were sentenced to eight weeks in prison while one was handed a 16-week jail term.

They will all be removed from the UK at the end of their sentences, the Home office said.

The other eight Albanian men have been detained pending their removal from the country.

Jackson, of no fixed address, was remanded in custody to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court on June 24.

The catamaran has been seized and a court application made for its forfeiture.

A locked facility with more than 1,000 berths, Chichester Marina is set in beautiful scenery and has a ‘marked air of peace and tranquillity’, according to its website.

A spokeswoman for Premier Marinas said the incident unfolded on Monday night when one person was on duty at the lock.

Jackson and the Albanian men were detained on Tuesday morning.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: ‘The arrests were made by Sussex Police after Hampshire Police alerted us about the yacht arriving at the marina.’

A Home Office spokesman said: ‘The security of our border is paramount.

‘We work with our partners to detect and deter people who attempt to reach the UK illegally, while targeting the criminal gangs behind illegal entry attempts.’